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Library to offer Christmas activities for all ages

Nov. 23, 2016 – Salina Public Library will help the community celebrate the holidays with children’s programs, a family movie showing and creative technology classes.

Children are invited to drop off their letters to Santa in the mailbox in Youth Services. To receive a reply, letters should be brought by Dec. 14 and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

On Dec. 8, Youth Services will have a holiday celebration during their Christmas Open House. Crafts will be available all day with cinnamon dough ornament projects available from 10-11:30 a.m. At 5 p.m. there will be a movie screening with popcorn and hot chocolate, and at 6:30 p.m.  the library will receive a visit from a special jolly guest.

 A Christmas Storytime will be Dec. 14 at 10:15 a.m. featuring holiday stories and activities. Then on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. children can learn how to create Christmas-themed origami. Registration is required for the free origami class.

Winter Reading Program

Stories are a special part of the holiday season and to encourage children to read during this busy time, the library will encourage them to work toward a community reading goal during Winter Reading Program. Beginning Dec. 1, children of any age can sign up in Youth Services. If participants collectively read 750 books by Jan. 3, each child will receive a book.

Families are invited to enjoy a screening of “Elf,” rated PG, during December’s Quirky Classic Movies at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Prescott Room. In this 2003 film, Will Farrell plays a man who was raised by elves at the North Pole and struggles to fit in when he moves to New York. Snacks will be provided.

The library’s Technology Department will offer several opportunities to combine technology and creativity. Children ages 5-8 can reuse old components to make Christmas ornaments at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Ages 9 to 15 can make holiday magnets at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Soldering will be used to make Christmas ornaments in a 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 class for ages 12-17. Make and Take Tech for Grownups will feature making a holiday magnet on Dec. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m., and adults can learn soldering skills to make a Christmas tree ornament on Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. or Dec. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. Technology classes are free, but require is registration.

To register for technology classes and the origami class or for more information on any library programs, call 825-4624, go online or visit the library, 301 W. Elm.

Library Circulation and Youth Services to see changes

November 14, 2016 – Big changes are coming at Salina Public Library. Some important reorganization will begin Jan. 3, 2017, in an effort to continue the library's critical focus on early literacy and service to families.

A noticeable change for library patrons will be the transition to one circulation desk on the main floor. Currently, materials are checked out and returned on both floors of the library. After the transition, all materials should be returned for check-in to the main circulation desk, just inside the doors of the library. All new and renewing library cards, fines paid, account inquiries and materials-on-hold functions will be focused in that same department. This will provide more consistency of policy and service. For the convenience of patrons, the library will add a fourth self-check-out unit in the Youth Services library downstairs.

This change will allow Youth Services staff the time and space to devote their expertise to serving children and families, children’s book and media collections, and expanded programming for children and families, including more outreach and community engagement work. 

Dianna Waite, Head of Circulation, will retire at the end of this year. Waite has worked at the library for 30 years, starting part-time at the circulation desk, before moving to full-time and then full-time in the reference department, before taking over as Head of Circulation. During her career, she worked on the transition to an automated circulation system, the transition to RFID self-check stations and the conversion of the entire library collection. Waite initiated the Cultural Pass program and taught at a Library Circulation Institute in Madison, Wis. She also worked on Project Salina, leading library participation each year. There will be a retirement reception for Waite on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Kristi Hansen, Head of Youth Services, will move into the position of Head of Circulation. She has 29 years of experience working with all circulation policies and functions, 16 of those years as the head of the Youth Services Department. 

The new Head of Youth Services, Lisa Newman, has more than 15 years of experience providing education and resources to families, children, child care professionals and residents of Saline and Ottawa counties. Newman previously worked as a Family and Child Development Extension Agent with Kansas State University. Prior to that she coordinated the library’s CLASS program and worked in the early childhood field. Newman earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. She is active in the community, including involvement with Circles of the Heartland and Altrusa International of Salina.

For more information, please contact Joe McKenzie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 825-4624, ext. 226, or visit the library at 301 W. Elm.

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